Pray with Us
Prayer Services can be used for your personal prayer and for group prayer. Each one is comprised of several elements: opening and closing prayers, readings, silence, petitions, suggested music, reflection questions and sharing. Associates, Lay Consecrated women and Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary developed these services based on topics that are important to us as committed women of prayer. These topics have surfaced from congregational or provincial meetings, public stands on current justice issues or human rights, our founding women and core values we hold as a congregation. We invite you to use these prayer services and hope you feel free to adapt them to suit your purpose
- Listen to the Heartbeat of God
- Our SNJM Adventure with the Spirit
- In Honor of St. Josephine Bakhita
- Season of Creation Celebration
- A Contemplative Stance
- Immigrants, Migrants and Refugees
Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus - January 3
Blessed be the Holy Name of Jesus! As we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus, we encourage you to recall the importance of this name in our Christian sacred history and in our SNJM sacred history.
We are told that the Semites in Jesus’ time believed that a person whose name was spoken was actually present to one speaking the name with reverence and love. This belief was also held by the early Christians, including the Byzantine Eastern Christians, who during prayer synchronized their breathing with the repeated invocation of the holy name of Jesus.
This prayer resonated in the heart of Mother Marie Rose. During her final illness, the Sisters often heard her repeating the name of Jesus. A sampling of the words inscribed on the painting below, designed by her, testify to the importance Mother Marie Rose placed upon the name of Jesus throughout her life.
Upon awakening I will call upon Jesus.
To write and speak I will listen to Jesus.
I will eat my meals near my Jesus.
I will rest under the eyes of Jesus.
I wish to live and die united to Jesus.
And my heart will fall into the heart of Jesus.
I will carry my cross and follow my Jesus.
The name of Jesus was on the lips, in the heart, and in the thoughts of Mother Marie-Rose day and night!
Courtesy the Sisters of the Holy Names, Quebec Province
A Prayer for Nonviolence in Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Day - January 20
From “Thou, Dear God”: Prayers That Open Hearts and Spirits, by Martin Luther King, Jr.
Prayers for Lent
Meditation for the beginning of Lent
This is love.
Not that you spoke words of comfort,
walked with the unclean and unloved,
shared wisdom, bread and fish,
brought healing into lives
and challenged the status quo.
This is love.
That you spoke the word of God,
walked a painful road to the Cross,
shared living water, bread of life,
brought Salvation to the world
and died for the sake of all.
This is love.
It is a seed
sown in the ground,
and spreads its sweet perfume.
Read more at: http://www.faithandworship.com/prayers_Lent.htm#ixzz2KVHmjQZl
Under Creative Commons License: Attribution
A Prayer for the Feast of the Annunciation of Mary - March 25
like any other child – but unlike others,
wept only for pity, laughed
in joy not triumph.
Compassion and intelligence
fused in her, indivisible.
than any in all of Time,
she did not quail,
and gravely, courteously,
took to heart the angel’s reply,
the astounding ministry she was offered:
Infinite weight and lightness; to carry
in hidden, finite inwardness,
nine months of Eternity; to contain
in slender vase of being,
the sum of power –
in narrow flesh,
the sum of light.
needing, like any other,
milk and love –
Prayer for Easter
Mary Magdala’s Easter Prayer
I never suspected
And to be so painful
To leave me weeping
To have met you alive and smiling, outside an empty tomb
Not because I’ve lost you
But because I’ve lost you in how I had you –
In understandable, touchable, kissable, clingable flesh
Not as fully Lord, but as graspably human.
I want to cling, despite your protest
Cling to your body
Cling to your, and my clingable humanity
Cling to what we had, our past.
But I know that….if I cling
You cannot ascent and
I will be left clinging to your former self
….. unable to receive your present spirit.
Ron Rolheiser, OMI
Blessings for an abundant Easter Season!
A Prayer for Earth Day - April 22
We Hold the Earth
We hold brothers and sisters who suffer from storms and droughts intensified by climate change.
We hold all species that suffer.
We hold world leaders delegated to make decisions for life.
We pray that the web of life may be mended through courageous actions to limit carbon emissions.
We pray for right actions for adaptation and mitigation to help our already suffering earth community.
We pray that love and wisdom might inspire my actions and our actions as communities. . .
so that we may, with integrity, look into the eyes of brothers and sisters and all beings and truthfully
say, we are doing our part to care for them and the future of the children.
May love transform us and our world with new steps toward life.
From FaithClimateActionWeek.org, a campaign of Interfaith Power & Light
Prayer for the Beatification of the Blessed Marie Rose (May 23, 1982)
Blessed Marie Rose, obtain for us today
The audacity of Faith
The simplicity of Hope
The power of Love
That we may actualize the words of Jesus;
I have come to cast fire upon the earth,
And would that it were already kindled.
We ask this in your name and in the
Names of Jesus and Mary. Amen.
Prayer for the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - August 15
My soul proclaims God’s greatness and my spirit rejoices in my savior.
For God has recognized my lowliness as handmaid.
Behold, from henceforth all generations will call me blessed
Because the Almighty has done great things for me,
The One whose name is holy,
The One whose mercy extends from generation to generation to all who live in awe of God.
God has shown strength and scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts,
Put down the powerful from their thrones,
Lifted up the lowly,
Filled the hungry with good things,
And sent the rich away empty.
God has nurtured servant Israel,
Remembering to be merciful as the Merciful One spoke to our fathers and mothers,
To Abraham and Sarah, and to their posterity forever.
Feast of the Holy Name of Mary - September 12
Reveal yourself, my soul,
let your deeds proclaim your identity.
Return yourself, my spirit,
restore the validity of our ancient judges.
You alone, O God, in loving kindness and compassion,
you alone try us, correct us, and clear us in judgment.
You alone restore us clean and free in your care.
Holy are you. Lit clear is your pathway.
From generation to generation
we attend the prophet’s clarion call,
“Cease to do evil, learn to do good,
seek judgment, lift up the pressed down,
consider the homeless,
plead for the women abandoned, with child.”
Hasten the time when no one will trample on the vulnerable,
when wickedness will be wholly consumed in your selective fire,
when the dominance of the arrogant will pass away.
O let us not become the oppressors.
Let us not do harm to others,
nor mar the face of your creation.
Let us not stand idly by in the blood of our neighbors
O save us from believing we understand everything.
Save us from age-old animosities and trivial solutions.
Save us from slogans and battle cries,
from dogma without dedication.
Sovereign of Justice,
kindle us with clarity, enlighten us
with memories of our own liberation.
We who are in power now, flawed by fame and fear,
help us see our twisted accusations of the other ones.
Enflame us with compassion,
fuse our lives with those whose lives are in bondage.
Refine our rage. Temper us into vessels useful and sound.
Etch upon us your design.
Help us correct our own violences,
to fix what we have broken.
Help us choose not to be stupid and naive.
Help us to forgive others when they have repented,
made repairs and changed their actions.
Help us to remember what must be remembered
and forget what must be forgotten.
Help us know the difference between them.
Then we can ask you to forgive us.
Then we may sow justice and reap mercy.
Then we may claim our promised destiny.
Then justice will roll down like water and
righteousness like a rushing river.
“Blessed are you, Holy Governor,
who values right actions and clear judgments,
who raised up Deborah and Solomon,
judges wise and mighty in days of old,
who will raise up judges wise and mighty again in our time.”
From Miryam of Jerusalem, Teacher of the Disciples, by Ann Johnson
International Day of Peace - September 21
Blessing (Franciscan Benediction)
May God bless us with discomfort at easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships, so that we may live from deep within our hearts.
May God bless us with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of God’s creations, so that we may work for justice, freedom and peace.
May God bless us with tears to shed for those who suffer pain, rejection, hunger, and war, so that we may reach out our hands to comfort them and to turn their pain into joy.
And may God bless us with just enough foolishness to believe that we can make a difference in the world, so that we can do what others claim cannot be done.
Peace be with you!
Feast of Blessed Marie Rose - October 6
My dear Sisters
I would now like to bless you and mission you anew
To cast the fire of God’s love where you may be.
May you nurture this love daily through prayer.
May you fan the flame of prayer into action,
Courage to risk-taking, possibility to reality.
May the fire of our charism
Be tangibly present in your ministry
But especially in your heart
So that you will live it wherever you may be.
I keep you in my heart.
Do not forget my invitation to meet
In the heart of Jesus,
For it is there that I make my dwelling and where,
If you choose, we shall never be parted.
I wish you abounding joy in our God
Your Sister, Marie-Rose
Adapted from the words of Blessed Marie Rose Durocher
A Prayer of Thanksgiving
God, source and giver of all things,
we give you thanks on this Thanksgiving
Day for the beauty of the whole of creation.
We give you thanks for the blessings
of family and friends: both those
gathered around this table and those
who are present only in our hearts.
We give you thanks for this food,
prepared by loving hands,
and for the graces you provide to nourish
our bodies, minds and hearts
so that we might better serve you.
Help us to be faithful stewards
of all that has been given us.
May we reflect that which we have
received to all we meet, especially the less
fortunate in our midst.
From Glenmary Home Missioners
Season of Thanksgiving Prayer
from the Province Leadership Team
O extravagant God,
In this ripening, thanksgiving time,
Waken in us a sense of joy
In just being alive.
Joy in the sun and rain
Joy in the beating of a thousand wings
Joy in remembering community times
Joy in the taste of bread and wine
And all we will eat on Thanksgiving Day
Joy in having each other to hold and cry and laugh with
Joy in love, in you and that all at first and last is grace.
Prayer for the Advent Season
In Shadow as Well as Light: An Advent Prayer
Loving and gracious God,
When the days grow darker
Casting long, cold shadows
Allowing fear and despair into our lives
Let my light shine brighter.
When the task grows more wearisome
Filling valleys and flattening mountains
Building highways in the desert
Be the strength in my bones.
When I wait on you
And they shake their heads
Saying, “Have you not heard the news?”
Keep in my heart the good news that makes even the child in the womb leap with joy:
That you are coming into the world.
May I praise you in shadow as well as light.
May I praise you in winter as well as spring.
May I praise you in silence as well as song.
May I praise you in solitude as well as companionship.
May I praise you in illness as well as health.
And when the last glowing beam disappears over the horizon
And darkness shrouds the land
Give me the grace to say to all,
Morning is coming.
Come, Lord Jesus, come.
From Catholic Relief Services
When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flock,
The work of Christmas begins:
To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among others,
To make music in the heart.
Prayer by Howard Thurman
Painting by Jean Morningstar, SNJM
Prayer for Comprehensive Immigration Reform In the United States
“For I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”
Mt. 25: 35
God, you who always journey with us,
and especially with our most vulnerable sisters and brothers,
we pray for those who have come to our land
in search of security and work,
in search of a better life for themselves and their families:
Grant them acceptance, respect, and a path to citizenship.
Spirit of Wisdom, give our leaders the courage to act with compassion. We ask this in the names of Jesus and Mary.
Adapted from The School Sisters of Notre Dame, Atlantic-Midwest Province
Prayer for Peace
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (NIV)
Sometimes words are not enough
to express the language of our hearts,
sometimes minds are filled
with prayers without expression.
Sometimes there are not enough
spare moments in each day,
sometimes regret is all
we have as our confession.
Sometimes faith is not enough
but in the presence of your peace,
sometimes prayer can be
a quiet conversation.
Sometimes words are not enough
to express the anguish on our hearts,
sometimes prayers are answered
that remain unspoken.
Prayer for Peace in Israel and Palestine
As faith rooted people, we give witness to our belief that peace among people of all faiths and communities is possible.
As faith rooted people, we believe that peace among Palestinians and Israelis is possible.
We affirm the process of truth and reconciliation to achieve this goal.
As faith rooted people, we lament the loss of innocent life, especially the children who are victim to political and religious violence. Every child is a member of the human family which we embrace.
We pray for the safety and freedom of all people who suffer the horrors of war, incarceration, loss of land and livelihood and physical violence.
No more rockets, guns or missiles shall be fired; no more tanks shall destroy land and homes.
No more loss of life shall occur. No more calls for revenge shall be uttered.
In this time of violence, we call for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire.
We also call for an end to Israel’s military occupation of Palestine, which we view as the root cause of the violence.
As people of faith, we place our trust, not in military might, but in The Creator’s desire for acts of loving kindness and the pursuit of restorative justice as the true pathway to peace and security for all people. May Israelis and Palestinians create wahat al salaam, neve shalom, an oasis of peace in the Middle East. And may peace spread upon the land.
From Rabbi Lynn, founder of Shomer Shalom Network for Jewish Nonviolence
Believe in your dreams.
Believe in today.
Believe that you are loved.
Believe you make a difference.
Believe we can build a better world.
Believe when others might not.
Believe there’s light at the end of the tunnel.
Believe that you may be that light for someone else.
Believe that the best is yet to be.
We believe in you!